Farce by Jason Kendall
With bedtime stories by French maids, magic candy
from flying witches, succulent borscht from the
Dells of Wisconsin, and a healthy dose of
uncontrolled nymphomania and sword-swashbuckling,
this raucous, absurd farce is
better than nitrous oxide! Open wide and say AAAAAAAH!
Directed by Jerry Marco
Costumes by Kat Lasky
At The Duplex
June 15, 22, 29, 2005
July 27 and every Wednesday Night in August of 2005.
At 9:30 PM.
Be sure to make your reservations today,
To get your wisdom teeth pulled by the best of the best.
You know how the Dentist's book get filled up....
Your visit is covered by a $15 co-pay, and there is a two-drink minimum.
From the Producer and Director of
All the World's a Stage at the 3rd MITF, Durang's
For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls at JET Theater,
Measure for Measure at the New York Comedy Club,
Musical Chairs at the Actor's Loft and
Don Juan in Hell during Hurricane Andrew.
The Cast of the 2005 Production
Jason Kendall as The Tight-Fisted and Bulbous Pantalone
Jason is ecstatic to bring The
Dentist back after a 3 year absence, and is pleased as punch to
be working alongside such an amazingly talented bunch of actors.
The Love of My Life, Donna, started me on this course just after we got
married by encouraging me to audition for Cirque du Soleil. Her confidence
in me and our fun that we always have in talking about all thing theatrical
and clownish have kept my dream alive with her. My love to Donna.
Donna Stearns as The Poor Little Boy Next Door Pedrolino
Donna Stearns has performed in numerous Off-Off
Broadway productions and recently made her Off-Broadway
debut as the Biker Chick in "Clubworld." Commercially,
she also booked principal roles on the cable pilot
"What Did I Do Wrong" and for a Medical Industrial
for Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Donna is also a playwright
and an award-winning songwriter. Her CD single
"First Dance" won an Honorable Mention from The 9th Annual Billboard Song
Contest and was an entry in the First Round on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards
Nominating Ballot for Best R&B Song of the Year. Music clips are online at
where CD singles can be ordered. Her musical farce
"All The World's A Stage" was a "Best of Fest" winner
at The 2002 Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Donna graduated from Florida State University. Currently
she serves as an Alternate on The Songwriters Guild
of America's Board of Directors. Donna and her husband
Jason are in their 2nd year presenting the reading series Shakespeare Saturdays
at The New York Public Library in upper Manhattan's neighborhood of Inwood.
My love and hurrahs to Jason! And many thanks to both casts and crews
of the 2005 "Dentist" revival - it's been soooo much fun!
Lon Blais as The Cowardly and Insensitive Captain Spavento
Lon, although always having a hand in some form of
theater, retired from teaching a year ago to dedicate his full effort to his "other career". To date he
has gotten himself into one of the unions, appeared in six films (ok, they were indies), two commercials
(ok, non-union and local, to boot), some highly forgettable extra work (good for some pocket money),
and with "The Dentist" three plays (which is what he retired for in the first place). LON has apppeared
as Henry in "Henry V", Principal Vernon in "Reflections from the Breakfast Club", John Proctor
in "The Crucible", Geoffrey in "The Sisters Rosensweig", Michael in "Dancing at Lughnasa", along with a
of dues-paying others. Thanks to Jo for letting me
pursue my dream, Kaiser for not allowing me to look
too terrible, and Aggie for licking my face.
Erin Caldwell as The Gorgeous Isabella
This is Erin's New York debut and she is very happy
and feels privliged to share this experience with
such a fun and creative cast and crew! Favorite credits include I Hate Hamlet, Beehive, South Pacific, The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Don't Dress for Dinner, and Phantom, among others. Erin has performed
in a vast number of
venues from dinner theatres to huge NV casinos. She has appeared in many national commercials and
voiceovers and has toured
Europe as the soprano soloist for an award-winning chamber choir. Erin has studied at
Carnegie Mellon University and
earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from the
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Love and thanks to my
family who have always believed in me!
Lela Frechette as The Enigmatic Sorceress and Confectioner Mrs. McGillicuddy
LELA FRECHETTE is delighted to reprise the role of Mrs. McGillicudy, which she originated when The
premiered in the 2002 NY Fringe Festival. She was most recently seen as Mair in Northeast Local
Red Room. Prior to that, Lela played The (HAIS) Volunteer” (and ‘The Bubbie’ understudy) in the
long-running Off Broadway musical, A Stoop On Orchard Street for the last six months of it’s NYC run.
In 2004, she received the award for Best Actress in a Full Length Production for her portrayal of ‘The
Rebbetsin’ in Golem Stories as part of the 2003 Spotlight On! Halloween Festival. Her numerous other
Broadway credits include ‘Babe” in The Queen of Bingo
at the Sanford Meisner Theatre, as well as originating
the role of ‘Duke Senior’ in the hilarious, gender-bending
musical All the World’s a Stage, a Best-in-Fest winner at the 2002 Midtown International Theatre
Festival, and playing ‘LuAnn’ in Survival Revival at the FringeNYC 2001. Among Lela’s regional theatre
credits, favorite roles include the title role in Molly Sweeney, ‘Gertrude’ (The Sea Horse), ‘Pola’
(Dream of a Common Language), ‘Charlotte Hay’ (Moon Over Buffalo), ‘Emilia’ (Desdemona, A Play About a
Handkerchief), ‘Mrs Gibbs’ (Our Town), as well as originating the role of ‘Aunt Margaret’ in the
premiere of Colorful Bricks and Fanatics. She has
performed in local comedy clubs with The Naked Pigeons,
an improv and sketch comedy group. An accomplished
singer, Lela has also produced and performed own cabaret
act of songs and original characters in various NYC cabaret venues.
Yafit Hallely as The Town Nymphomaniac Flaminia
Yafit is now shooting a Spike Lee film called the "Inside Man" and a principal role in "Fast Track",
a new comedy with Amanda Peet and Zach Braff.
Yafit has been performing in the last couple of years
in many theatres in the city, including the Off-Broadway cult
hit, "MONO" which ran for more then 3 years. Also appearing opposite
academy award nominee Julian Chagrin in his Off-Broadway one-man show.
You could see her in the upcoming film, "Friends with Money" opposite
Frances MacDormand, in a scene. Yafit is very happy to be part of the cast for
"The Dentist" and wishes that it had a longer run...
Sabrina Gwyne Howells as The Misguided Maidservant Franceschina
Sabrina is an LA native who defected to New York four years ago to be around
"real" actors. She is a graduate of Boston University's film school, and has
been appearing in various commercials, TV shows and films since the age of
12. Some favorite theatre roles include Francis in Five Women Wearing the
Same Dress, the title role in Antigone, Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, and The
Complete Works of William Shakespeare. If you ever make it to Japan you can
see her in a music video for the artist "Ai." Like Tom Waits, she's big in
Japan where they call her Singkaubu - which, loosely translated means she
who is big in Japan. She is thrilled to be working with such a creative and
funny cast. She wants to thank her Papi, who has always been her greatest
inspiration and biggest fan.
Michael J. Muldoon as The Painfully Self-Absorbed Flavio
A member of the YCP TheaterWorks Board of Directors, he most recently directed Death of a Salesman for
the group. Michael is the Executive Vice
President of M&M Productions. In 2002, M&M Productions' Art, by Yasmina Reza, was named "Best Short
Production" at the 43rd Annual Theatre
Association of New York State Festival and went on to represent the State of NY at the Eastern
States Theatre Association's Festival in April 2003 where
it was the second runner-up. Also in 2003, the production company was named Hudson
Valley Magazine's "Editor's Choice" Last summer, Michael was seen at
the Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky as Clark Gable in Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood and
Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock's Secret Life. He has also
appeared on various stages throughout the Tri-State Area. Favorite roles include
Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Private Gar in Philadelphia Here I
Come, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Gary Essendine in Present Laughter,
Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lord Goring in An
Ideal Husband, Carlton Fitzgerald in Light Up the Sky, Young Man in Veronica's Room,
Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Manolo in The Odd Couple, Horst
in Bent, various roles in The Dining Room, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night
and Scapino in Scapino. On TV, he played the recurring character
Hans with the USA Network's UP ALL NIGHT and has also appeared on Law & Order:
Trial By Jury in addition to commercials for Honda and Yook Guy Jang
Noodles. Michael lives in Yorktown, NY with his favorite director/actress/tennis &
business partner; Melinda.
Matthew R. Staley as The Excessively Erudite Doctor
"Ego sum merdicus, et de merdaccini disputabas"
Matthew is pleased to be performing a role that allows
him to give verbose speeches about exotic things and
places although he promises to keep his bio short and
concise! Originally from the beautiful and spacious
state of Virginia, Matthew now resides in an apartment
the size of a shoebox near Union Square. Ah, city
living! Recent credits include New England Shakespeare
Festival/Oberon Theatre Ensemble's production of
"Comedie of Errors", East Lynne Theater Company's
production of "Tales by Twain" and portraying the infamous
Bruno Richard Hauptmann in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping" on Court
Hezekiah James Toft as The Hopelessly Lovelorn Oratio
Hezekiah James Toft recently finished the workshop production of "The
Chekhov Dreams" where he had the chance to play the playwright Anton Chekhov
at Manhattan Theatre Source. Prior to that he was in "Milton's Way" produced
by the Curan Theatre Rep. here in Manhattan at the Gene Frankel Theater.
Regional credits include Schuyler in "Sense of Place: or Virgil is Still the
Frogboy" and Gravedigger #2 for the Connecticut Repatory Theater and Robert
in Agatha Christie's "Go Back for Murder" at the Dorset Theatre Festival in
Dorset, VT. Hezekiah has several film and television credits as wel. Mr.
Toft is a graduate of UConn with his BFA and Sarah Lawrence College with his
MFA, both in Acting. Thanks everyone for showing up!
Eric Walton as The Borscht-Drinking Arlecchino
Eric was most recently seen playing the part of the MC in 'Sin' at the
Sanford Meisner Theater. Other favorite roles include Malvolio in 'Twelfth
Night', Marty in 'Serious Poker', Heinrich in 'Life During Wartime', and
Norris in 'Specter'. In addition to being an actor, Eric performs
regularly as a magician and mentalist in venues across the country and his
one-man show, entitled 'Esoterica' was featured in last year's One-Fest at
The 45th Street Theater.
Dawn Pollock Jones as The Enigmatic Sorceress and confectioner Mrs. McGillicuddy
NY venues include ATA, Gallery Players, Pulse,
Westbeth, Voice & Vision, Cucaracha, Metropolitan
Playhouse,13 St. Rep, TSI and ArtGroup. Dawn has been
to 45 U.S. States, mostly performing, and has traveled
extensively in India, China, Japan, Great Britain,
Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Spain. She is trained in
slapstick, mime and yoga. She loves a good meal and a great bargain!
Kevin C. Woods as The Painfully Self-Absorbed Flavio
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Television & Radio Broadcasting from Brooklyn College,
studied acting with Roger Simon of the Simon Studios. He just completed a short film
titled, 'Stairway to
Heaven', of which he held the lead role. Kevin's stage credits include 'Hotspur' in
Henry the Fourth - Part I, 'Actor' in Saddam: The Musical, 'Court Musician' in Shakespeare's
Night, 'Duke Aumerle' in Shakespeare's Richard II, 'Caius Cassius' in Shakespeare's Julius
in Shakespeare's Henry V, 'Cliff' in the HADLEY Players' production of
Waiting for the Dawn, 'Stanley' in Blood Moon Fugue,
'Dave' in The New Salesman (A production in the 28th Annual Samuel
French Festival at the Chernuchin Theatre), and 'Don
Juan' in Don Juan by Moliere. Kevin is also a Freelance Photographer,
Audio Engineer, Carpenter, and he owns a
small catering business. A voice-over artist, Kevin has recently
recorded 2 voicemail systems, a commercial for
a computer software company, and an independent school cartoon
animation. Kevin is proud to play the role of Flavio in 'The Dentist'.
Kate Geller :
Understudy for The Doctor and Franceschina
Performed both roles
Kate is a native New Yorker, currently getting her
MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts
at Rutgers University. She is a founding member of
Monkeys in the Atrium - a short form Improv group -
and it's offshoot, Sketchprov - and performs at Joe
Franklin's Comedy Club in Charley O's every Thursday,
Friday and Saturday night. Recent productions
have been Much Ado About Nothing, Lily in "Two Fools"
(a new work by Sarah Kate O'Haver) and Coney Island
Love Song. She is thrilled to be joining the cast
of The Dentist and is very excited to be working
with everyone. She would like to thank her wonderful
and supportive boyfriend and her phenomenal parents.
Emily Gerstell :
Understudy for Flaminia and Pedrolino
Performed both roles
Emily Gerstell made her stage debut twelve years ago in Hong Kong,
and, after living and performing in Singapore, Beijing, and
Washington, DC, she has settled in New York, where, in addition to
acting, she is pursuing her Bachelor's in English Literature from
Columbia University. Favorite plays she has worked on include
"Beyond Therapy," "The Dining Room," "An Ideal Husband," "Crimes of
the Heart," and "Mary, Queen of Scots." She studies acting at HB
Studio, cardio striptease at Crunch, and voice with Anna Lenhardt.
She would like to thank Jason and Jerry for what will certainly
remain one of her most memorable auditions -- she performed
Flaminia's striptease as a Chinese opera -- which she likes to
think clinched the part. And, of course, thanks to Yafit for her
inspiration. Big kisses to family and friends for their love and
Doug Rosenheim :
Understudy for Oratio and Arlecchino
Performed both roles
Doug is thrilled to be making his first appearance
as an understudy with the cast and crew of The Dentist.
He is originally from New Jersey and has appeared in plays such as the melodramatic,
Pursuit of Happiness as “Thad Jennings” with the Great American Melodrama in Oceano,
California, “Feste” in Twelfth Night at California Theatre Center, as well as extensive
touring with the National Theatre For Children in Minneapolis. He has also been
involved with specialized summer conservatory workshops teaching Voice and
Acting to kids ages 5-18 in Palo Alto, California. Doug has a B.A.
(Acting) from Rutgers University and an M.F.A from Western Illinois
University. Doug would like to give a special thanks to his
family and friends for their continued and unwavering support.
Jerry Marco : Director
Jerry Marco contributed to the staging of the world
premiere of The Dentist at the Fringe Festival in
2002, and is delighted to be taking on directorial
duties for the entire piece. Sharpened on the whetstone
of Chicago improv, his experience ranges also to
Wilson, Albee, and his own adaptation of the works
of Poe, which qualified for touring subsidies from
the state of Texas. Educated at the Second City
Training Center and with an MFA from the University
of Texas, Jerry's artistic priorities include
crystal-clear communication with the audience, and
a collaborative approach with performers, for whom
he has the greatest respect. That said, he is also
ready and able to make the quick, hard decisions it
takes to meet the deadline of deadlines: "lights one, go."
Kat Lasky : Costume Designer
Kat Lasky is a freelance multimedia artist currently residing in New York City. Born in 1976, she grew
up in New Jersey, but her creativity found freedom in the New York underground in the early nineties.
In 1994 she returned to her roots in Miami, FL, where she has spent the last decade living and working in
South Beach where she worked as a performance artist, stylist, designer, art director, event coordinator
and businesswoman for South Beach Divas Inc. After graduating from Florida International University with
a BFA in 2004, Kat moved to New York to work with fashion designer Jean Claude Mastroianni in his Chelsea
location, and devotes much of her time to freelance projects as a makeup artist, wardrobe stylist, and
art director for print, film and theatrical productions.
Samantha Shechtman : Assistant Director / Stage Manager
Sam is trilled be back in NYC! She has returned from
a theatrical journey that has led her down to Florida
and has had her working in all aspects of theatre
from directing to spot light operation. Sam will be
starting her first year of study at The New School
for her Masters in Directing. Thank you Jason, Jerry,
and this wonderful cast. Much love to her family both here and afar.
Ali Valcarcel : Assistant Stage Manager
Ali is glad to be back from Colorado and in the Big
City. She is looking forward to her work at SUNY
Purchase in the Stage Management program. Thanks,
Lon, for bringing me the opportunity to work with this great cast.
Contributors to the 2005 Production
Our deepest thanks go out to the financial supporters of this project.
Adam H. Kulbersh
John G. Mayer
Steve and Poppy O'Neill
Becky Glynn and Pedro Antonio Valdez Sada